A Busy Week

I have missed blogging!  It has been a terribly busy week here at the Meagre home and I can barely keep up with the work of every day.

Today was a bit of a breather for me and I was finally able to make some soap for the Hanger Swirl Challenge over at the forum.  I’d decided at the last minute that I would do a Butterfly Hanger Swirl like the one at Handmade in Florida.

My soap curing for the Hanger Swirl challenge.

I wanted to use four colours (black, deep purple, red and white) as I had a Black Raspberry Vanilla FO from Kim and Gavin’s Little Green Shop. The deep purple for the blackberry colour turned out greyish so I couldn’t differentiate it from the black.  It’s my first natural colourant soap so I’m excited to unmould it nonetheless.  This one had alkanet, madder root, titanium dioxide, and activated charcoal.

While waiting for the laundry to get done (so I could use the powerpoint for the stick blender to make soap), I decided to roast some coffee beans using my Handy Roaster.  I opted for a light roast this time.

Using my Handy Roaster and the portable butane Gasmate to get a light roast. These coffee beans are from Nicaragua (bought from Di Bella Coffee at QLD).

We’ve also been busy getting quotes for a small kitchen refresh we’ll be getting done next month.  It is certainly difficult working with a small budget for a kitchen makeover.  We’ve been scouring online factory clearance shops and so far, we’ve been able to purchase the gas cooktop, canopy rangehood and a sink package.  All have been purchased for about 70% off.  We’re targeting a budget of 3-5k which seems very tight for a kitchen refresh.

Mum and MIL are enjoying their stay here and have decided to learn breadmaking.  Looks like I’ll be taking them along at my baking challenges!

I hope you have all had a good week.

6 Replies to “A Busy Week”

  1. Ooo I love the look of your hanger swirl soap. Cant wait to see it when you unmould it. My soap turned out well for the challenge(beachcomber).

    1. Jane, yes I did see you joined the challenge too. It was fun, wasn’t it? Can’t wait till the next challenge. The only problem is that I’ve got more soap than I could use up in about a year.

    1. Thanks, Kylie 🙂

      We’ve always had a gas cooktop too. The one we have now came with the house so I reckon it is well over 20 years old! Still working but I can smell gas leaking from under the cupboards and you can’t turn down the heat for a simmer or the flame dies (but the gas doesn’t cut off). It is exciting but we’re determined to make it a low-cost/functional refresh rather than a full-blown kitchen re-do.

  2. I can’t wait to see what your soap turns out like. Don’t be impatient like me though and muck it up. LOL! How lovely to have both your mums there even though it must be so busy.

    1. Oh Nanna Chel, it is soooo hard to resist unmoulding. I kept touching the mould to see if it had set. LOL. Yes it’s been so busy here, but it is lovely to have them both. They’ve become good friends now after seeing each other quite often (they meet up whenever Mum travels home).

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